A selection of 10 short films, with women somewhere at the helm, form an evening of independent cinema at the Illawarra Brewery this Friday.
There was only one prerequisite needed to enter into the third annual Wollongong Film Festival, meaning the final collection of films were quite diverse and crossed cultures.
“I’m a big believer in inclusion and diversity, and promoting what society really looks like,” festival organiser Gia Frino said.
“What you see on screen really needs to mirror our everyday lives.”
Each submission required at least two women to hold key positions in the production – such as director, producer, lead role, writer, cinematographer, editor and composer.
“They’re quite diverse between genres – there’s animation, there’s documentations to narrative films,” Ms Frino said.
“The main theme is there is a strong female team behind making the film.”
Proceeds from tickets will also assist the One Girl charity, helping educate women in developing countries.
Among the shortlist is Rubber Gloves – a coming of age short film that will challenge the perception of youth, rebellion and privacy; a film shot by two people on their honeymoon, The Road To Vagator; the story of a a classical Indian dancer in Mastering The Rhythm; and a police chase in the outback in Round Trip.
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WFF FILM LIST
Gen’s after school cleaning job routine was. However, when she bumps into a speaker that blasts a funky song she finds herself dancing, the thrill of the change tempts her to do more.
From parading in suits to trying on makeup, swimming topless in the pool and smoking hidden cigarettes, Gen just can’t get enough of feeling free and rebellious.
When the owner of the house, Kevin, catches her half naked and dancing, their first meeting will reveal supressed truths and desires about themselves creating a new friendship.
Heather Has Four Moms
When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk”.
Which mom is ready to help Heather make a big decision? It’s a mother-daughter story, times four.
The Road to Vagator
A man is issued a series of challenges by an unknown person and left with with no option but to carry them out.
The quest takes him from London to Sydney via Dubai, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala and Hong Kong.
The journey of three first-generation migrant artists in Australia.
The film explores the work of writer Roanna Gonsalves, actor and theatre producer Neel Banerjee and creative producer Jiva Parthipan.
The film highlights some of the challenges they’ve faced and how their position as migrant artists has informed their art.
Mastering the Rhythm
Sumati Nagpal, is an accomplished Kathak dancer, teacher and choreographer.
She discusses her love of Kathak, a classical Indian dance tradition and her journey to mastering the practice, and opening a dance school in Harris Park, a suburb in Western Sydney.
A story of regret.
An anonymous man in rush hour of a city, unbeknownst to anyone is wearing a suicide vest.
While walking through the crowds, he is disturbed by unexpected glimpses of humanity and breaks down. Can he complete his mission?
On a mysterious dirt road in the outback, Ned is trying to escape authority.
Constable Rose, a true blue honest bloke, is trying to get out of the desert without being shot, run over... or eaten.
The Third Team: The Avis Scullin Story
Avis Scullin is a single mother of six, sufferer of Parkinson's, domestic abuse survivor and inductee to the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame.
One of these is not like the other, and is the backdrop for an extraordinary tale of adversity, survival, resilience and unrelenting love.
Newport Gun Girls
An animated documentary that shines a light on a forgotten group of women who worked at Newport Royal Ordnance Factory 11 during the second world war.
The True History of Billie the Kid
Billie visits her ageing father in jail, revealing that her childhood in his care was not as safe and happy as he might have believed.
Will she get her revenge?
More information can be found at https://www.giafrino.com/wff-2018-program.html